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Everything posted by BlockedQuebecois

  1. Out of curiosity, do you think I could park over on Driftwood Ave, on the west side of the park beside Passy? It looks like it's a pretty short walk, and that parking is free there. I'm just not sure if there's a path or if it's straight forest there.
  2. What if my dream is not just oppress the proletariat, but rather the entirety of the plebs? Is that getting too close to Supreme Court'a jurisdiction?
  3. I didn't apply to UVic, so I'm afraid I'm not the best person to answer your questions. You can peruse the accepted thread in the UVic forum though, that may give you a ballpark idea of GPA/LSAT scores.
  4. Do you have your LSAT score? We believe the index for UVic is (GPA out of 4.33 x 125) + (LSAT percentile x 5) So if you have a GPA of 4.00 your index score would be (500) + (LSAT percentile x 5). A 910 is probably a safe bet for admission, so an LSAT score in the 82nd percentile would likely get you in. The 4.05 gives you a bit more leeway, with an 80.75 percentile score. Honestly I don't think that's significant enough to be worthwhile, but it's really your call. If you feel you're on the border I think you'd regret not taking the course, but if you have an LSAT score in the 85+ percentile it's likely a waste.
  5. How many lawyers do you think Environment Canada employs in positions relating to environmental law? Seems likely that any major legal battles over the environment Canada works on would be employed through the Dept. of Justice, and that most of Environment Canada's lawyers would be involved in labor issues.
  6. Are you sure it would be a 0.5 difference? That's a huge GPA boost, and if you're a marginal applicant would raise you into the auto accept category. Have you calculated your index score?
  7. I have no intention of derailing this thread with a discussion of my lsat score. Particularly not with someone that resorts to name calling when faced with facts they dislike. I was happy with my score, and it was sufficient for acceptance to every school I applied to.
  8. You're welcome to refute the research showing it's predictive – a doi for your paper will suffice.
  9. Of course there are, they exist in most data sets. We call them "outliers".
  10. Drop what? My academic-research-backed assertion that LSAT scores are predictive? No, I think I'll continue mentioning it when relevant, like when someone says it's not predictive. I'm sorry if that hurts your feelings, but I don't intend on ignoring facts because of your (or others) sensitivity. Sorry.
  11. Like I said, literally no evidence.
  12. Probably because there's literally no evidence of collusion?
  13. Fair enough, I'll defer to your expertise. Thanks for the historical data!
  14. The personal status is not considered during review of regular applicants, so it's unlikely to help you determine your competitiveness.
  15. Yeah, I know I'm talking out of my ass since I'm nowhere close to Bay St, but I'm just spitballing ideas. They clearly care about inflation at some point, since salaries aren't the same as they were 50 years ago, but it's likely just whenever they start to lose good people at a higher rate than expected. A quick calculation says that $100,000 CAD in 2008 is ~$115,000 CAD today, so it seems like a salary bump would be coming eventually. Honestly I don't think a correction after ~10 years is that uncommon for an industry like law, but maybe I'm wrong? How were salaries trending during the years prior 2008, if you happen to remember? Stagnant for a long time, recent bump, steady rise?
  16. Nitpick: LSAT score is highly predictive of 1L academic success, and far more predictive of 1L academic success than undergrad GPA. That's been beaten to death in other threads, but there's very good data supporting the predictive capabilities of the LSAT, which is why law schools use them.
  17. Well there are some reasons they may offer wage increases, such as keeping track with inflation and the rapid increase in Ontario school's tuition costs. It could also be that they're facing a greater than expected attrition rate for associates, and a base pay bump for all years would likely combat this, at least temporarily.
  18. The fact that you've been waitlisted, rather than accepted, for Osgoode suggests that, at best, Osgoode views you as a marginal candidate for their school. The fact that Western is offering you $20,000 to attend suggests that they view you as an excellent candidate for their school. I'd say it's foolish to make your entire decision based on whether a school "wants" you or not, but I think there is something to be said for going somewhere that seems to value you. That's part of why I accepted Osgoode over UBC - I found their interactions with me indicated a greater desire for me to attend. But hey, if you would pay $20,000 for the honour of having Osgoode keep your application under consideration if enough people turn down Osgoode (which is exactly what a waitlist is) then I guess that's your call.
  19. Nobody is going to be able to offer a real answer to your questions, since Osgoode does not release statistics on their waitlist. That said, you're late in the cycle and not much movement should be expected.
  20. I'm not sure you can put "Bay Street Lawyer" up there with "Supreme Court Justice". Many people become Bay Street lawyers. In fact, about 20% of law students leaving Ontario schools will be a Bay Street articling student. We have quite a few current (Uriel) or former (Jaggers) partner track associates at Bay Street firms on this forum that can and do offer advice to students. I'd argue this forum is well equipped to handle questions regarding Bay Street hiring and jobs What we don't have, as far as I can tell, is a judge. It's not that we don't have a Supreme Court Justice, it's that we don't have a single representative from the judiciary on this forum (at least openly outed as a justice). Hell, I don't even think we have anyone that clerked at the SCC. For that reason, along with a host of others, this forum is not well equipped to explain how to become one of the 9 most powerful members of the legal profession in Canada. I'd say this also extends to issues like elder law, which make up a microscopic subsection of the legal profession. We don't have an elder law lawyer, and most of the people on this board have never met someone that practices elder law as their main focus. We do know that there are maybe a dozen or two lawyers in the country that practice that kind of law, but we have no idea how they got there, what their practice is like, etc. For that reason, the best advice this forum can give is the same advice we can give for becoming a Supreme Court justice: do really fucking well in school, do really fucking well in your career, and hope the right people like you.
  21. Is now a good time to bring up my proposal for a "dislike" button?
  22. 1) The other schools can accept you until the first day of classes. 2) No, but I'm not sure why you're rolling your eyes at losing $500 and possibly an additional $500. 3) WHY IS YOUR TITLE IN ALL CAPITALS THAT FEELS UNNECESSARY?
  23. Though I'm sure if we tried we could make it controversial too.
  24. I think that by "not a practice area in the real world" MP more meant "is not a practice area where a significant number of people are employed". In fact, that tends to be why clinics like the ones you cited exist: there aren't enough lawyers working in those areas to service the community because clients are too sparse and so is the money. That said, MP, feel free to correct me if I interpreted your comment incorrectly.
  25. You'll find the answer to your question in most of the other threads in this forum.
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